Filipino boxing champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is not only the pound for pound best boxer in the world. He’s also an avid gun enthusiast. The pro athlete, politician, basket ball player, singer, game show host and philanthropist also collects and shoots guns. It isn’t much of a surprise however, firearms are popular in the Philippines, and while gun ownership is no where near the levels in the United States, many Filipinos do own guns. Especially those with money and power, such as Pacquiao.
Pacquaio even hosts an annual shooting competition, the 4th Congressman Manny Pacquiao Cup held in General Santos City, Pacquaio’s hometown. And it looks like his handgun of choice is the trusty ol’ 1911. I wonder if he uses a Rock Island 1911? Whatever it is it’s really customized, sporting the Manny Pacquiao logo, boxing glove, and a custom paint job. And while Pacquaio still considers himself a beginner when it comes to competitive shooting, he actually isn’t half bad. Check him out in action in the video below. With more practice he may even be a force to be reckoned with out at the range as much as he is in the ring.
While Manny isn’t the only pro athlete or celebrity who’s also a firearm enthusiast, it’s good to see he actively participates in shooting competitions and helps to promote the shooting sports.